Congratulations to the 2015 Twin Cities 3-Day Top Fundraisers

After a beautiful first day of the 2015 Susan G. Komen Twin Cities 3-Day last Friday, walkers and crew members gathered in the dining tent as Chrissy Mathews from Susan G. Komen® and our friends from Bank of America honored the Twin Cities 3-Day’s top fundraisers. Join us in congratulating these extraordinary participants!

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Patricia M. walked in her seventh 3-Day this year in the Twin Cities, and she raised a remarkable $15,260 this year. This is the second year in a row that Patricia has held the top individual fundraiser honor, having raised a lifetime total of $86,614 for the 3-Day. To help her celebrate all she has achieved with the Twin Cities 3-Day this year, Patricia’s son flew in from Alaska to support her as a walker stalker along the route.

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The top crew fundraiser in the Twin Cities was Sharon G., who raised $3,772 this year. She has participated in the 3-Day five times as a walker, and 2015 marks her third year being on the crew. This year, she is part of the sweep team. In her eight years with the 3-Day, Sharon has raised a remarkable $33,175. Sharon’s dedicated work ethic is apparent not just on the 3-Day, but in her everyday life too: she started working at her job the day after she got out of business school, and although her company has gone through three owners and three building moves, she is still there 39 years later.

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The top fundraising team, Mickey’s Hope, “shamrocked” the Twin Cities 3-Day for the seventh year as a team, and has raised $34,907 this year alone. In their history as a team, Mickey’s Hope’s lifetime fundraising total is just shy of $255,000. Team Captain Patrick O’Connor was on hand to accept the top fundraising recognition on behalf of his sixteen teen members.


Thank you to these fabulous fundraisers and all of the Twin Cities 3-Day walkers and crew members. Together, you raised an incredible $1.6 million, and brought us all closer to our promise of ending breast cancer forever.



Congratulations to the 2015 Michigan 3-Day Top Fundraisers!

Day 1 of the 2015 Michigan 3-Day has come to a close, and we’re celebrating being 20 miles closer to the end of breast cancer. The first day was filled with spirited excitement from all around the community: from the buzzing bees of Pit Stop 1, to the endless sea of pink at cheering stations, and the constant smiles on our 3-Day family’s faces as we walked with purpose.

Please join us in congratulating the top fundraisers for the Michigan 3-Day!

Top Individual Fundraiser

Bert Stein raised $21,379 this year, and in his lifetime, has raised an astonishing $196,226. He has participated in the 3-Day for 11 years and this is his 11th event. Bert has been married for 61 years to his wife Marion, and he has four daughters and three granddaughters. Bert continues to walk in the hopes that they will never have to know this disease. Bert is 83 years old.


Top Crew Fundraisers

Lori Olson and Sandi Severi share the honor of being our Top Crew Fundraisers this year, each having raised a remarkable $6,300. Lori has raised $32,777 in her lifetime, and has participated in 11 events over her six year history with the 3-Day. Sandi has raised a total of $25,168 in her lifetime, and has been participating for three years (this is her 5th event). Sandi and Lori started participating in the 3-Day in 2010 in different roles: Lori as a walker and Sandi as a walker stalker. Since then, between the two of them, they have walked 3 cities. This event makes it 12 combined events which they’ve crewed, and they have walker-stalked 14 events.  Sandi’s mom is a 15 year survivor. Lori’s mom lost her battle to breast cancer in 2010 to breast cancer after a long, courageous fight.


Top Team Fundraisers

Congratulations to the Hines Pink Pathers, who proudly count 67 team members in the Michigan 3-Day. The Hines Pink Pathers raised $97,774 this year (WOW!) and with a lifetime team total of $965,669, are on their way to hitting the $1,000,000 mark, an accomplishment that only a few 3-Day teams have reached.


Please join us in congratulating all of the amazing walkers, crew members, and teams who made a huge difference in the fight against breast cancer with their fundraising. Your commitment and dedication inspire us!

Congratulations to the San Diego 3-Day Top Fundraisers!

In the early hours of Day 1 of the Susan G. Komen 3-Day® in San Diego, there was some concern that the weather was not going to cooperate. After a rainy night and early morning, the Opening Ceremony site was covered with puddles and a light drizzle continued to fall. But by the time the Ceremony had begun, the dark clouds had passed, leaving a dazzling blue sky and stunning sunrise. The change from gloomy to glorious was a fitting parallel to what many Komen 3-Day participants experience in their fundraising journeys: a concerning start, followed shortly by a lifting of the clouds and dazzling prospects ahead.

If that analogy is true for the average 3-Day® fundraiser, it’s even more fitting for the top fundraisers for the San Diego 3-Day, individuals and teams who shine through the clouds more brightly than anyone.

Top Individual Fundraiser

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Michelle (center), the Top Individual Fundraiser in San Diego

Michelle B., the captain of Team Michelle, has made remarkable strides in her five years as a 3-Day walkers. This year, she earned the distinction of top individual fundraiser, bringing in an amazing $42,212. Across her five events, she has raised a lifetime total of $57,072. In addition to growing her fundraising total, Michelle has grown her team from 14 their first year (2010) to 35 this year, including her nephew, who traveled from Kansas with his mom to participate as part of the San Diego Youth Corps this weekend.

Top Fundraising Team

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Representatives from PBO (left three), including team captain Amy B. (center)

It’s hard to walk around the San Diego 3-Day without seeing the name Powered by Optimism. The San Diego 3-Day’s largest team with 109 members, Powered by Optimism, or PBO as they’re known, was also the top fundraising team in San Diego this year, raising $302,745. The team, led by captain Amy B. (who was also the Top Training Walk Leader in San Diego this year) is in its 5th year as team, and has raised a grand total of $901,291 in that time. Wow!

Top Crew Fundraiser

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Top Crew Fundraiser, Carol B. (left)

It’s worth mentioning, in case anyone isn’t aware, that 3-Day crew members, while encouraged to raise moneyas part of their crew commitment, are not required to raise a cent. This reality makes the $15,017 that was raised by Top Crew Fundraiser Carol B., all the more astonishing. Carol, a member of the Traffic Control crew team, is participating in her 9th event over her 8 years with the 3-Day, and is a 10 year survivor.

(Side note: In addition to Carol, there are two other crew members who have raised more than $10,000 in San Diego this year. Our heartfelt thanks go to Lori O. and Sandi S., both members of the sweep crew team, who each raised $10,102.01, more than 3 times what is required of individual walkers. Amazing!)

Congratulations to all of these extraordinary members of the 3-Day family, and every San Diego 3-Day participant who raised money this year. With you, we are all that much closer to our goal of ending breast cancer in our lifetimes.